Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) developed a strain of dulse, a red seaweed, to taste like bacon. This new strain of dulse has twice the nutritional value of superfood kale. Dulse (Palmaria sp.) grows in the wild along the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines.
According to the Chris Langdon, one of the researchers, aside from its nutritional value and favorable flavor, the new strain grows more rapidly than wild dulse. Laboratory tests showed that the seaweed is packed with minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants. Its dry weight also contains up to 16 percent protein. The team, together with the marine science department of OSU, is looking into developing a line of specialty foods similar to the bacon-flavored dulse.